The 2013 Tour de France will be like none other. The organisers of the 100th Anniversary have gone all out and included new locations and some hefty challenges for the riders.

Totally French – Starting with Corsica… then nothing but the French mainland

For the first time since 2003, the Tour de France will be raced entirely within France and will not visit any foreign countries. Beginning in Corsica, a beautiful island off the southeast coast of France, the tour will include starts in the departments (regions) of Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse on the island, the only two departments in France that have never before hosted the Tour.

This video is is French, but it shows the stunning route the riders will take through Corsica.

Individual and team time-trials

Not only will individual time-trials be contested twice during the 2013 Tour, but the team time-trial will be making a return on the 4th stage in Nice across 25km. The first individual time-trial will be on stage 11, covering 33 km between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel with the second on stage 17, 32 km between Embrun and Chorges.

Alpe-d’Huez 1 and 2

The riders will face their biggest challenge when they tackle the infamous Alpe-d’Huez, not just once, but twice in a single stage. Considered the highlight of this 100th anniversary tour, the Alpe-d’Huez will be climbed twice on the 18th stage. The first passage at the top of Alpe-d’Huez 1 will take place 50 kilometres before the finish at Alpe-d’Huez 2. Three further summit finishes are planned: Ax 3 Domaines, Mont Ventoux and Annecy-Semnoz, a new venue on the Tour map.

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